This is a 3 year old, neglected, mostly parked outdoor, next to no maintenance Mini Countryman. It looks pretty glossy at first glance but you will be shocked to find out how severely damage the car is. Read on.
Upon arrival, we did the routine walk around to spot extremely visible damages. The paint looks surprisingly glossy but we know its fake!
We spotted the typical scratches as we investigate closer.
Aged dirt and road grime.
Faded rubber lining that had been collecting dirt from Day 1.
Extremely clustered watermark issues.
100% faded racing stripes decal.
A closer look on the oxidation build up.
A very dirty and neglected area.
Deep swirls on the paint.
Or should we say, deep swirls with a combination of watermark stains.
More extremely visible swirls.
So, we conclude the paint is “F**ked Up”.
And when we thought that is the last of the damage? There is more.
We gave the car a detailed wash, cleaning all the window rubber lining, giving the entire car the clay treatment. Here is the clay before.
After claying 1 panel. You can obviously see dirt spots.
And finally a tar removal step.
Remember the faded black racing stripe?
Fancy a cool 50/50?
Here is general view of the restored decal.
We proceed to correcting half the hood. Check out the difference.
The door pillars before restoration.
Door pillar after restoration.
Because the paint was quite bad in shape, we only manage to restore this much.
If you didn’t get what we meant, the paint had some leftover damages that could not be restored.
After losing count of how many hours we worked on this car, we finally came to the finale of protecting the final finishing with Opti-Coat ™Pro. Check it out.
We’re gonna be brutally honest about this car. Its perfect. Its as perfect as a car, fresh from the production line, directly sent to your house.
We usually start with a wash but unfortunately, the owner was washing the car when we arrive.
So we took the opportunity to inspect the car as we washed the car together
On the roof, the paint was flawless.
On the body, the paint again was perfect.
It had a very unique shine to it when light was shine onto the paint.
Basically, the car was so flawless, that we didn’t had anything to work on. Hence, we just did all essential surface preparations, removing wax and grease, stains were very minimal but still we did some cleaning on that areas, and finally we coated the car. Entire process took less than 3hours, but then again, we have to stress that not all cars are like this, most cars we worked on had severe damages, or even paint damages from the dealership itself.